by false pretenses

by false pretenses

By or under a false impression created through intentional misrepresentation. I'm afraid you were brought here by false pretenses. I'm not your long-lost brother. You may not have lied directly, but you sold him those paintings by false pretenses—he thinks they're originals!
See also: by, false, pretense
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by/on/under false preˈtences

(British English) (American English by/on/under false ˈpretenses) by lying about your identity, qualifications, financial or social position, etc: She was sent to prison for six months for obtaining money under false pretences.He got me there under false pretences. He told me he wanted to discuss a business deal, but when I got there, it was a surprise birthday party.
See also: by, false, on, pretence
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A grand jury indicted Holcomb for obtaining property or money by false pretenses greater than $2,000 and breach of trust, and a jury found him guilty.
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Wendy George, 39, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of obtaining property by false pretenses, one count of felony accessing a computer to perpetrate a fraud and one count of Medicaid fraud before the court.
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Judge Rory McCabe is presiding over the case of former doctor Paschal Carmody, 60, who is charged with obtaining more than EUR80,000 by false pretenses.
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Back in Sweden (1629), he succeeded in marrying the daughter of a nobleman by false pretenses but was found out and again imprisoned.
Even then, white-collar crime flourished, with fraudulent bills of exchange, "long-firm frauds" (obtaining goods by false pretenses), dishonest bankruptcies, malversation of trust funds, and the like.
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Tucker, after a seven-day bench trial in Worcester Superior Court, of larceny of more than $250 of a victim older than 60 and larceny of more than $250 by false pretenses, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced Friday.
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